The Inside Column 20/10

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Today we start a new series out of 1 Peter. The New Testament gives a more complete picture of Peter than of any other Disciple. Peter was the most prominent of Jesus’ twelve Disciples. He was
the first Disciple to be called. He was married – we know this because in Acts we read about his Mother in-law. Peter frequently served as a spokesman for the Disciples, and he was their recognized leader. It was Peter that walked to Jesus on the water. He was the one that got out of the boat. An inner circle of three Disciples existed among the Twelve. It seems that Peter was the leader of this small group.

Peter was the first Disciple to recognize Jesus as Messiah, The first Disciple to witness the Resurrection. Luke’s gospel records Peter is the first to run to the tomb. Peter was the first Disciple to proclaim salvation to the Gentiles. In the book of Acts where the earliest information about the early church comes from, it shows clearly that Peter continued to exercise a key leadership role in the church for a number of years.

So we see this most amazing CV of Peter, but we also see the most amazing failure from Peter. It was Peter that got out the boat but started to sink, Peter was the one that said Jesus was the Messiah, and then is told to “Get behind me Satan!), and of course the three denials of even knowing Jesus, Yet Peter is fully restored in all his weakness. God uses Peter to build His Church.
So Peter had known what it is to receive Gods grace and live out of that grace and forgiveness, Peter had been broken and then made whole again and it is out of this experience that Peter became a man that God used powerfully to establish his Church.

The church Garage Sale for our mission partner Hannah is coming up Saturday 9 November. I you have good quality second hand goods you have been wanting to find a home for please bring them to the church hall. The church office is open
Monday – Friday 8.00am until 12.00noon for drop off of goods.. If you have some time on the day or the week leading up to the garage sale do come along and you help will be much appreciated.

Note – Gift day raised a little over $25,000 which is a tremendous outcome and something to be very thankful for. Praise be to God!

Yours in Christ

Phil

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